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51  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 05:42:41 AM
To me the intersection is where a business manager says "I want X because I think X adds value. Tech, you pick which language best produces X without too many time sinks that drag the project into a moldy swamp." The business manager should always be "first" to look for value ... then *very quickly* go consult with tech to make sure to avoid pointy-head blunders.
Amen.

You also do want a bizman with decent tech background, so you don't end up with a primadonna developer who decides that The Project must be built with a New And Exciting stack built on top of Ruby on Rails, which turns out to be unsupported after a half a year, when the primadonna developer has left for greener startup pastures... but this is drifting somewhat from the concerns about choosing a proper language, presumably, for your own personal interests tongue
52  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 05:39:08 AM
Miles, you are absolutely right. Not is OOP old hat, but it is the preferred, 'modern' way of doing things now. Maybe I'm the odd one out, but when people say C++ is difficult to learn and master, I have to say I found it to be quite easy, but I've got a 'big picture' way of thinking. I can look at a whole and easily break it down into modular components.
I think you're missing my point - you're basically talking about software architcture/design, whereas I'm talking about C++ specifically as a language. Anybody who claims C++ is easy to master is either a demigod, or... *cough* would be surprised at the amount of bugs if he ran a commercial static analyzer on his codebase smiley

There's an extreme amount of Undefined Behavior in C++ - it's one of the reasons the compilers can do all those clever tricks and produce blazing fast code, but it also means there's plenty of subtle ways to blow off your feet... which probably will not show up in your compiler warnings, and will only cause problems in some constellation of compiler (and version), other parts of your code, and the phase of the moon. If you want performance, there's also a bunch of not always so obvious things you have to keep in mind.

It's not without good reason the industry has largely moved to Java and C# for the mainstream stuff - it's a mix of choosing the most appropriate language for the domain, and sticking with a language where you wont have team members blowing each others legs off smiley. As much as I like C++ (especially with the '11 and '14 versions), I wouldn't recommend it unless it specifically makes sense for the domain in question.

Which brings us back to the original post: the first thing iMark mentions is automation. I'd be hard pressed to find something more suitable for that than AutoIt when the platform is Windows - it less red tape and ritual chicken sacrifices for that domain smiley

Later he mentions "I am also not interested in learning a terminal language as I will most likely never actually have a practical use for it myself." and "I want to learn one of the two listed above and be able to get into making a few games and applications.". I'd definitely say C# for that... it's much easier & more enjoyable to do GUIs in, there's less language pitfalls, and if you want to play around with game writing... couple it with Unity you have a very capable platform with decent performance, where you can focus on the fun parts instead of getting all the plumbing done.

.5€ smiley
53  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 31, 2015, 01:25:42 PM
Innuendo: C++ is hard to get right, at least if you are about performance and correctness (and if you don't care about performance, I honestly believe there's better choices available for most purposes). Especially with all the really bad advice and examples around on the net - it might not be as cringeworthy and dangerous as the bad PHP advice, but it's still not easy to learn how to do modern, secure, and performing C++ smiley
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 31, 2015, 01:07:45 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, ewemoa - arch seems like a pretty good fit for the raspi2. Installation was slightly annoying, though, since there's no images available. I pondered whether I should accept running the root filesystem as vfat (since that's what I could create from my work macbook) - but ended up transferring a Ubuntu ISO to an usb pendrive, boot my old laptop from that, and get an ext4 root fs.

4wd: that would probably work, but it would be clumsy, and I've found USB to generally be somewhat fidgety when it comes to network stuff :/ - would be cool if one could exchange a block of USB ports for a NIC.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Any Android coders here? Looking for a mobile DC forum reader! on: March 31, 2015, 01:01:22 PM
I'm usually not a big fan of (read: vehemently against) all those darn special-purpose apps, but I'll have to admit that the forums aren't too fun to interact with on a phone... even on a 7" tablet, it's painful.

Perhaps the pain could be alleviated with some mobile stylesheets, instead of a fullblown app?
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 29, 2015, 12:19:54 PM
I have to admit I get a kick out of JCD.  But I still refuse to try his keyboard.  Qwerty all the way for me!!  smiley
O_o
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act on: March 29, 2015, 05:15:25 AM
American Politics...I R Bored!
Patriot Act affects all of us, because of its sheer crazyness.
58  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 29, 2015, 05:08:22 AM
C++ is my favorite language, but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who doesn't need it. While modern C++ is nice, the language does have a lot of pitfalls, and there's a lot of bad advice and bad code on the internet.

For your purpose of automating stuff, AutoHotkey or AutoIt would probably be the best choices on Windows - they were made for the purpose of automation, and has support for movey-clickey stuff out of the box.

For general-purpose stuff, C# is very, very nice. It's "fast enough", the language has a lot of nice extra that Java misses, there's really no better IDE than Visual Studio, and it's easier to do GUIs in C# than Java (because of available tools and frameworks).
59  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 04:14:05 AM
Looks like Ghostery took care of them, so they do not bother me tongue.
Ghostery took care of them for me too, but anything that is blocked by Ghostery is a thing i do not want on DoCo.
60  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 04:12:34 AM
If you really want to keep social-media-sharing buttons, please make it 100% DoCo-hosted. The traditional "use script from external source" is a big, big, BIG no-go, as their main purpose is not to make sharing easy, but being tracking beacons.

Also, this site is not inhabited by morons who don't know how to copy/paste an URL, so I don't really see what value they add.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:49:24 AM
hahaha did I already send that out?  my memory has never been my best quality.
Nor mine, but I'd never forget about my two DC mugs smiley

I don't think the "over nine thousand!" mug got made, though, and a "lost sheep" one would be cute ^_^
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 27, 2015, 11:46:53 AM
One nice thing about the C1 over the RPi/2 is the gigabit ethernet. I was planning to use my C1 as a Plex media server or other Owncloud/NAS type device, and I thought having a fast connection to the network would be really useful for that.
Can you hook storage to it in a way that's fast enough that gigabit matters?

Personally I'd like two see two NICs (100mbit would be fine), that would make for a very nice and capable router/firewall smiley
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 27, 2015, 11:38:27 AM
If I had a RPi2 (he he), I might consider the following:
 http://archlinuxarm.org/p...7/broadcom/raspberry-pi-2
Oh, Arch is still around, and there's a native arm7 version? That might actually be the perfect distro for the (relatively) limited hardware, especially if it hasn't bloated up since back when I used it.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:35:11 AM
f0dder you have already earned the never-yet-created, occasionally mentioned, 5000 post mug.
if we could find someone to design that mug..
I sortakinda think nudey made a design like that?

Not sure why I get that idea, though...

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65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 27, 2015, 11:07:32 AM
ps.
I hope none of you current regulars get any funny ideas from this thread and make plans to disappear for a few years just to get the lost sheep treatment !  Angry
Don't even think about it!!!!!
Better keep us reined in with a "lost sheep" mug, then! tongue
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 22, 2015, 01:49:38 PM
Speaking of the RPi2, I ended up buying one last months, because a bunch of my co-workers made a group purchase.

Not sure what to stick on it yet, though - as far as I can tell, Raspian is still built for arm6, and Ubuntu Core is in a veeeery pre-prerelease state (snappy seems like a nice idea, but there's only a handful of packages for it - the system doesn't even have a compiler or vim yet).

So, are there any decent arm7 RasPi2-friendly Linux distros out there?
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 22, 2015, 11:18:43 AM
Windows 10 makes disabling UEFI Secure Boot optional:
Meh, that sucks Sad
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 19, 2015, 04:12:42 PM
So, they're kinda cute, but...

The cheapest available on kickstarter now is $179, and the retail price for one is going to be $199? I know it's pretty fancy and all, but that's a lot of cash for a watch - you can get a OnePlus smartphone, which is by no means tardy, for $299.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 19, 2015, 03:11:15 PM
Aside from all the Apps vs Desktop and plain Jane UI vs Glass, it seems each release of Windows sticks more stuff between the OS and the user.  It's to the point where just reading windows and moving them on the desktop requires utilities to Run As Administrator.  A bit silly really.  smiley
Tightening up security is a good thing. Most stuff that breaks on newer Windows versions are usually violating basic rules that have been around since the days of NT4.

Not being able to read another process' windows without admin privs might be a bit of a chore, but it does up the bar for malware. Considering Windows is the OS for the 99%, this is A Good Thing(TM). And going through UAC (or, better, for us power users, providing credentials for the admin user since our main Windows user isn't an administrator) isn't really worse than using sudo on *u*x.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 19, 2015, 02:48:49 PM
So those of you who are thinking in terms of business and commercial uses, please understand Microsoft isn't going to be doing anything to get you there for free. This deal is for "makers" - or "tinkerers" as I like to think of them. The EULA can be found here. This part (highlighted) is where it's shows the restriction:

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1. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.

a. Installation and Use.

·         You may install and test one copy of the software on your premises.

·         You may not test the software in a live operating environment unless Microsoft permits you to do so under another agreement.

b. Third Party Programs. The software contains third party programs.  The terms that come with those programs apply, unless otherwise stated in those terms.

 Strictly for dev testing. No live use. Cool
Fair enough, IMHO - you can play with it for free, use it for hobby projects et cetera. Or you can use it while prototyping an idea - if it seems like you can monetize that idea, it's not really that unfair to pay for licenses smiley
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 15, 2015, 11:07:42 AM
Just finished The Psychopath Test, which was a nice read. Jon Ronson has an engaging and humorous writing style, without feeling crude or silly, given the somewhat serious topic.

Next up is Halting State, while I'm waiting for the paperback edition of The Rhesus Chart to become available. I have the rest of the laundry files in that format, so getting the hardcover edition would clash with the rest of series in the bookshelf tongue
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once-in-a-century Pi Day 03/14/15 on: March 15, 2015, 10:47:29 AM
Here's the pi-e p3lb0x and I did yesterday smiley

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73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 15, 2015, 06:15:41 AM
Hi!

So, ummm, I got a software developer job back in 2011, and after that it seemed like less fun doing hobby development. After having forgotten to check in at DC for a while due to real-life stuff, I guess it's been a nagging sense of guilt that has kept me away - including not having worked on fSekrit for far too long. That, and the overwhelming thought of "how the heck will I ever be able to read through the backlog of unread posts?". There's 103 pages of those, so that's about ~4100 posts. I think I'll skip catching up smiley

Other than that, I've been thoroughly disillusioned with the opposite sex, and have given up the idea of a happy ever-after. Instead I've developed a serious relationship with World of Warcrack, which is a time-consuming polygamy of 8x level 100 toons (and counting). Yep, that game has also just had its 10-year anniversary.

Still got the job. After having worked for some 3 years with Adobe's crapjob AEM CMS system, I'm currently working on back-end integration stuff in Java on the JBOSS platform. I'm slowly reaching the conclusion that RedHat makes up version numbers by adding the various 0.x versions of alpha-quality software, but I guess that's what Open Source gives you... can't make the software too good, or you won't be able to make an income on supporting the hackjob :p

Using a shiny macbook for work now, but won't be switching away from Windows for my home workstation anytime soon. OSX is just too unstable and full of suckyness.
74  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SecuSend - Software for secure file sharing. on: June 13, 2013, 09:45:39 AM
Decent idea, and looks like a user friendly interface.
Some questions:

What's TDEA? Another name for triple-DES? (And why include such an algorithm?)
Which mode is AES used in? (CBC, XTS, ...?)
Why MD5 for hash?
Which public-key algorithm is used, and which bitsize? Which PRNG, and how is it seeded?

Are both file contents and filenames encrypted? Is any compression involved?
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate app breaks popular encryption - EFS, BitLocker, TrueCrypt ... on: June 13, 2013, 09:34:26 AM
Anyone ever come across THIS?
Not an all bad idea, but see 40Hz' post above - the xkcd post is somewhat controversial, but I agree with the gist of it.

Also, you can rule out a whole bunch of the symbols on the card, since (even when including non-alphanumeric characters) you don't wants passwords that are too short.
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